Country and Irish: The leaders of the Twang

Musical genres don’t come much more unfashionable, but its recent resurgence is impossible to ignore

31st July, 2016
Mike Denver and some of his adoring fans

At last month’s Kilmoon Barn Dance at Cushinstown Athletic Club in Co Meath, the country singer Mike Denver hot-footed it straight from the set of RTE’s Saturday Night With Miriam to the stage. To say that the vibe in the venue was spirited is understating the case. More than 3,000 revellers jived along to his wholesome brand of Irish country music; ostensibly to raise money for charity, but also as a small-town social staple. In...

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